Downtown Lane Street will be a field of red and green and yellow as tractors of all sizes, brands and vintage come to town for the third annual Blissfield Tractor Cruise-In on Tuesday, Aug. 13, presented by GreenStone Farm Credit Services from 5-8 p.m.
This year’s cruise-in features DJ Chris Aaron as well as trivia games and a 50/50 raffle hosted by the Blissfield Kiwanis Club. For anyone registering a tractor for the event there will be a free cap and door prizes available. The DDA/Main Street will also be selling event T-shirts.
For the complete story, please see the Aug. 7, edition of The Advance.
By Melissa Burnor
To show their appreciation for the support they received from the community through the years for their annual Plow Day event, the Thompson brothers, Alan “Sammy” and Ron, will top it off with the Thompson’s Plow Day Appreciation Parade Saturday afternoon, Aug. 10.
After deciding not to have another Plow Day, that really had evolved into a weekend event showcasing plowing and farming techniques of days gone by, the brothers both said they wanted a way to say thank you to all of their supporters the last eight years. One of the things their father, the late Willis Thompson, had envisioned was a tractor parade.
This year there will be a parade that starts at the Blissfield High School at 3 p.m. and will wind down Beamer Road to Thompson Highway approximately five and three-quarter miles to Sammy Thompson’s farm … Read More »
Walk down Lane Street Thursday evening and it may feel like a trip back in time with classic cars, 1950s music playing and sidewalk sales. From 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 will be the third Blissfield Car and Bike Show of the summer, presented by Iott Insurance.
There will be a lot of activity in the downtown, said Blissfield Downtown Development Authority/Main Street Director Patricia Rayl. There will be sidewalk sales with participating downtown stores. There will be a raffle to support the Hospice of Lenawee, Rayl said in a press release. Exhibitors of cars and motorcycles will also be treated to door prizes and free samples from one of the downtown restaurants.
Car and bike exhibitors can register at the DDA/Main Street registration on the west side of the street. Lane Street from US 223 south as well as Jefferson Street … Read More »
By Melissa Burnor
Most likely voters will only have one ballot issue on their ballot when they go to the polls Tuesday. Voters in the Blissfield School District will choose whether to approve a 1.25-mill sinking fund millage request. Other voters will decide a .6 mill levy to fund the newly formed Lenawee District Library. Both tax levies are for a period of 10 years.
For the most part, residents of the Blissfield School District are not part of the Lenawee County Library District. All of these residents in Blissfield, Ogden and Riga Townships and a portion of Palmyra Township are served by the Schultz Holmes Memorial Library in Blissfield and are not part of the Lenawee County Library District. About 40 residents in Deerfield Township reside within the boundaries of the Blissfield Community School District but are also considered part of … Read More »
RIGA – The fifth annual Riga Garage Sale and Pancake Breakfast is Saturday. The Riga Township Firefighter’s Association will be hosting the pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the township hall. The cost of the breakfast is $5 per person and will feature pancakes, whole hog sausage and a beverage. All proceeds from the breakfast will go to the Riga Firefighter Association. The garage sales will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a prize will be awarded for the best decorated sale sign.
By Chad Hutchinson
“No matter what age you are and what you’re into you’ll find something here,” Decades’ co-owner Mary Ann Morrison said. Owners Jeff and Mary Ann Morrison are no strangers to the world of antiques and collectibles, as they managed The Place, a former antiques and collectibles shop in Blissfield for years.
When The Place closed its doors, the Morrisons said they decided to take their experience in the business and open their own shop. Starting out with 22 dealers in their shop, they said they now provide an extensive collection of diverse items supplied by more than 50 dealers throughout their three-story establishment.
In a shop filled with numerous unique items, one rare and exotic object seems to jump out at guests as soon as they arrive, even before they step through the front door. “When it comes to finding … Read More »
By Melissa Burnor
The village of Blissfield boosted its marketing strategy for selling the 35-acre site of the former Home Canning Company by hiring a private real estate agent on July 22. If the marketing strategy of Gloria Leonard of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services proves true, it will be known nationwide that the village has a commercial piece of real estate that is also suitable for agricultural purchases for sale. And it could be had for $8,000 an acre.
Currently the village is using Lenawee Now, the former Lenawee Economic Development Corporation to help market the property.
Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the complete story, please see the July 24, 2013, edition of The Advance.
Nicole Miller of Palmyra was crowned Miss River Raisin Festival 2013 Friday night at the 30th annual Blissfield River Raisin Festival.
She performed a jazz dance to “Sweet Georgia Brown” to win the title, which qualifies her to compete at the 2014 Miss Michigan Pageant next June. She won a $2500 scholarship as well as the $100 Entrepreneur Award and several scholarships to assist her in her preparation for Miss Michigan. Her platform is “Building Blocks: Incentives for Preschool.” She will attend Lansing Community College in the fall and is an Adrian High School graduate.
First runner-up was Mikayla Humphries, a 2013 Sand Creek High School graduate who will attend Eastern Michigan University in the fall. She won a $1ooo scholarship. Second runner-up was Jocelyn Near, a 2012 Sand Creek High School graduate who will attend Siena Heights University. Near also won the Jennifer Dalton M.D. Summit Award, … Read More »
By Melissa Burnor
Domestic violence is something that affects many people each year. Bill and Lisa Gritzmaker certainly had the effects hit very close to home last year. Just over a year ago, their daughter-in-law also named Lisa Gritzmaker and their unborn granddaughter, Abigail, were murdered along with the younger Lisa Gritzmaker’s sister, Amy Merrill, by Merrill’s estranged boyfriend.
Gritzmaker, along with his son, Jake who was married to the younger Lisa, belong to the 180th Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air national Guard. The group rallied around the family in the days and weeks that followed the death of Lisa, Abigail and her sister Amy Merrill.
But their deaths would not be the only domestic violence-related deaths that would affect the unit.
Bill Gritzmaker also had had a coworker at the 180th Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard who was murdered … Read More »
By Melissa Burnor
It was warm and sunny morning Sunday for the first annual Amy, Lisa and Abigail memorial 5K run walk. There were 118 people who signed up to complete the course in the village and Greg Scharer was the first person to cross the finish line
“I was really happy to see so many people,” Robin McCowan, mother of Amy Merrill and Lisa Gritzmaker. The two women along with Gritzmaker’s unborn child were shot and killed in Merrill’s home last year by her estranged boyfriend. McCowan was also seriously injured.
Two of Merrill’s sons, Cameron, 11 and Brendan, 13, took part in the opening ceremony. With Cameron giving an insightful prayer and Brendan a warm welcome to all of he participants. Brendan said how thankful the two were to the community that reached out to their families. “They reached out to … Read More »